Scott Rolen will need reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder, the question now is when will he get it done. Rolen indicated yesterday that the procedure is necessary, but he wants to wait to see if there’s any improvement before he goes under the knife. The surgery will require six months of rehabilitation. Each day he waits, prolongs the wait until he’s completely healthy. At the same time, he still has hopes of contributing, even in a limited capacity, to could be a run at the World Series.
“I’m not gaining any time for what I want to do. The procedure we’re talking about has a six-month recovery,” Rolen said. “The wait is worth it if can contribute and play and hopefully be on a World Series team and be out on the field.”
While Rolen is uncertain about when the procedure will be, there was one thing he did know: pain has had nothing to do with all the time he’s missed this season.
“I quit playing because I was not able to play. I was not able to lift a bat. I was not able to swing a bat,” Rolen said. “I’m not healthy.”
In 56 games this season, Rolen is hitting .235 with five home runs and 28 RBI’s. He injured his shoulder on May 10, in a collision with Dodger’s first baseman Hee Seop Choi.